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New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution yet? Here’s how you can start out on the right foot to achieving your goals for 2015.

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Get in shape

Now that all the holiday feasting is over, what better time to refocus on getting back in shape than at the start of a new year.

Save on pricey gym fees by joining our citywide fitness facilities, some with indoor pools, for as low as $25/year. We have more than 30 centers across the five boroughs with fitness classes and sports programming for all ages and levels of ability. Learn more about Rec Center Memberships > 

Check out our list of free fitness classes across New York City with Shape Up NYC or find the best places to run or go biking around the city.

Go Green

Start by bringing your Christmas tree to MulchFest on January 10 and 11, 2015. We’ll chip your trees and turn them into mulch to help nourish our trees and gardens citywide. At select sites, you can pick up mulch for your own little garden.

If you’re looking to have more trees on your block, visit our Street Tree Planting page to request a free tree.

Spend more time with loved ones

Take some time out to enjoy quality time with friends at families. Check out our Places to Go page to find cute dating spots, things to do on the weekend, ice skating rinks, zoos, gardens, and more. Keep a look out for our upcoming citywide festivals, including Winter Jam, our annual winter festival, which will take place in Central Park on January 24, 2015.

Eat Healthier

Buy fresh, locally grown food at a Greenmarket. Visit GrowNYC to find a list of markets in parks near you. (Photo by Jameel Khaja/Courtesy of GrowNYC)

Or plant your own veggies at a community garden with Greenthumb. Learn from citizen volunteers that have been stewarding gardens over the last 30 years. More information about our community gardens

Go some place new

Get to know New York City better or discover low key park beauties on our hiking trails. Join our Urban Park Rangers on fun, educational trips to iconic and hidden gems of NYC's parks.

On a staycation? We’ve a few places, away from the buzz and bustle, worth exploring on your days off. Take a look > 

Volunteer ... Give Back

From planting flowers in the spring to raking leaves in the fall, we're always looking for volunteers to help us care for our parks, beaches, and gardens. Visit our Volunteer Events page to find out how you can help. 

There are hundreds of community-based organizations across the city caring for parks in their neighborhoods on a regular basis. To find out if there is an active group or to learn how to start a new group, visit City Parks Foundation’s Partnerships for Parks page. 

Did you know you can adopt a tree? Find out if there’s a tree in need in your neighborhood and sign up to help care and maintain it at no cost. More information

Learn something new

Do you know how to swim? We offer swimming lessons each season for all ages at our rec centers across the city. Our winter session Learn to Swim classes begin on January 20, 2015. Registration opens on January 7. Learn more > 

Learn Photoshop, game design, and wearable tech by enrolling in an arts and technology program at our Computer Resource Centers. More information > 

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